While there are no hours of experience required to apply for the CHL exam, it is best geared toward those who are already in a leadership position, in training to become a Sterile Processing leader, or interested in pursuing a leadership role.
Please be aware that you must hold a current, full CRCST certification prior to applying for the CHL exam.
Those interested in becoming a CHL can prepare in one of the following ways:
Please Note: IAHCSMM's Education Department has developed materials above as an optional method to assist individuals in preparing for the CHL exam. They were developed and produced independently from the Certification Council, which does not develop, require, approve, or endorse any specific training materials.
The CHL exam will test your proficiency in the following areas:
Each of the seven knowledge domains listed above is comprised of a series of sub-domains which are explained in further detail in the CHL Exam Content Outline (updated Jan, 2021). The Content Outline also describes further detail on the type and amount of content covered in each section, as well as its weight on the certification exam.